The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

photo of conversation between community & university partners

The Ginsberg Center advances Our Guiding Principles through ongoing partner engagement that includes:

Listening

Our work starts with community.  We utilize the following approaches to understand community priorities & needs:

  • Gathering information through one-on-one dialogue with community leaders
  • Participating in sector based meetings and other community focused events
  • Bringing together our Community Advisory Board

Connecting

As we build our understanding through listening and dialogue, we seek to match community identified priorities to U-M talent, research and expertise across campus by:

  • Utilizing a robust management information system during consultations with faculty, staff and students to identify potential projects or opportunities that would be a good fit for all stakeholders
  • Sharing our opportunities with our networks across U-M in service to matchmaking
  • Supporting the Connect2Community volunteer portal
  • Convening community and campus stakeholders around a particular topic or issue area
  • Facilitating the Community Technical Assistance Collaborative (CTAC)

Stewarding

As a community engagement center, we serve as an ongoing connection resource for our community partners.  We demonstrate our commitment to partners by providing the following support:

  • Assistance at the start, middle and end of a campus-community partnership
  • Introduction and connections to existing resources on campus
  • Community partner newsletter
  • Preparation of students and academic partners for respectful and reciprocal engagement

If you are interested in partnering with the Ginsberg Center, please e-mail us at community-engagement@umich.edu to explore next steps.